Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are highly competitive programs that encourage domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) with the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR and STTR enable small businesses to explore their technological potential and provide the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated, and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.

GSA’s Role in SBIR: Limited Authority

Currently, GSA does not fund any SBIR/STTR Programs. However, GSA awards and administers Phase I/II/III work on behalf of clients in participating agencies.

Four GSA Office of Assisted Acquisition Services (AAS) client support centers (CSCs) (Regions 4, 5, 8 & FEDSIM) award and administer SBIR/STTR Phase III contracts. The objective of Phase III is for small businesses to pursue commercialization of the objectives resulting from Phase I/II R/R&D activities. Of those four CSCs, two (Region 5 and FEDSIM) also award and administer Phase I/II work on behalf of clients in participating agencies.

For more information on the SBIR and STTR Programs, visit the Small Business Administration's (SBA) SBIR/STTR page.

Participating agencies or industry partners who are interested in obtaining AAS services should visit the GSA AAS SBIR/STTR page or send an email to gsasbir-sttr@gsa.gov.

Last Reviewed: 2021-07-06